Chiefs Notebook: Several Young Defensive Players Answer the Bell When Called Upon

Here’s a look at the playtime percentages from Sunday’s victory

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 30-14, on Sunday afternoon to remain undefeated on the season.

Here's a look at the players on offense, defense and special teams that saw the most action on Sunday.

Offense:

PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentage of Total Offensive Snaps
Cameron ErvingOffensive Guard70100%
Eric FisherOffensive Tackle70100%
Patrick MahomesQuarterback70100%
Mitchell SchwartzOffensive Tackle70100%
Mitch MorseCenter70100%
Travis KelceTight End6694%
Laurent Duvernay-TardifOffensive Guard6491%
Tyreek HillWide Receiver6491%
Sammy WatkinsWide Receiver6086%
Kareem HuntRunning Back5274%

Notes:

-Tight end Travis Kelce led all pass-catchers in offensive snaps once again on Sunday (66; 94 percent), doing so for a fifth-straight week. The All-Pro tight end caught five passes for a team-high 100 yards on the day, marking his 13th 100-yard game since the beginning of the 2016 season – tied with Falcons' wide receiver Julio Jones and Steelers' wide receiver Antonio Brown for the most in the NFL.

-Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was listed as questionable entering the game with a hamstring injury, played 60 offensive snaps (86 percent). Watkins caught a team-high six passes for 78 yards.

-Tailback Kareem Hunt played a season-high 74 percent of Kansas City's offensive snaps (52), rushing for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Defense:

PlayerPositionDefensive SnapsPercentage of Total Defensive Snaps
Kendall FullerCornerback83100%
Steve NelsonCornerback83100%
Ron ParkerSafety83100%
Anthony HitchensLinebacker7692%
Orlando ScandrickCornerback6882%
Allen BaileyDefensive End6275%
Dee FordLinebacker5667%
Jordan LucasSafety5667%
Breeland SpeaksLinebacker5667%
Terrance SmithLinebacker5364%

Notes:

-Cornerbacks Kendall Fuller (7 tackles) and Steve Nelson (3 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 1 interception) and safety Ron Parker (3 tackles, 2 passes defensed) each played all 83 of Kansas City's defensive snaps. Nelson tallied the first interception of his career late in the first half.

-Linebackers Breeland Speaks (67 percent) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (40 percent) each saw their most playing time of the season. Speaks recovered a fumble in the first half.

-Another young player, defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, tallied 40 defensive snaps (48 percent) in his most action of the season.

-Safety Jordan Lucas played a season-high 56 defensive snaps (67 percent) following injuries to fellow safeties Eric Murray and Armani Watts – and he made the most of it. The third-year defensive back recorded six tackles (4 solo) and the first interception of his career late in the game.

-Linebacker Terrance Smith played a season-high 64 percent of the Chiefs' defensive snaps (53), tallying five tackles (4 solo) and the first sack of his professional career. Smith also played 18 snaps on special teams.

Special Teams:

PlayerPositionSpecial Teams SnapsPercentage of Total Special Teams Snaps
Demetrius HarrisTight End2292%
Anthony ShermanFullback2083%
Ben NiemannLinebacker1875%
Terrance SmithLinebacker1875%
Charvarius WardCornerback1875%

Notes:

-Tight end Demetrius Harris played a team-leading 22 snaps on special teams (92 percent). It marked the highest percentage of special teams' snaps recorded by a Chiefs' player this season. Harris also played 29 snaps on offense (41 percent), catching one pass for five yards.

-Fullback Anthony Sherman played 20 snaps on special teams (83 percent).

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